A new state-of-the art multi-million-pound fish market will have a special royal opening.
The Duke of Rothesay will visit the new North Bay market in Peterhead on Saturday with more than 500 invited guests expected at the event.
Chief executive of the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation Bertie Armstrong said he is delighted HRH Prince Charles will officially open the market.
Mr Armstrong said: “Peterhead is the biggest white fish port in Europe and a new market double the size of the old one is great for looking to the future.
“It is very fitting that the Duke of Rothesay will be there to celebrate the market opening as he has always put sustainability at the heart of his interests for years and without sustainability there is no fishing industry.”
Prince Charles will be entertained by local school pupils, Turriff Pipe Band, singer Fiona Kennedy and musician Maggie Adamson while he views exhibition stands and meets contractors who worked on the project, fisheries organisations and heritage groups. He is also expected to have a tour of some of the fishing vessels moored at the quay.
Peterhead Port Authority deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Stephen Paterson said: “It is the icing on the cake to have HRH Prince Charles officially opening the market after an intense few years of development.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the new market and what it will do for the port.”
In the first nine weeks of its operation, more than 250,000 boxes of fish were sold in the new market, rising to just short of 340,000 boxes in the first 11 weeks.
Part of the £51 million project to redevelop the harbour, it replaces the former market on Merchants Quay. The market has the latest refrigeration technology and capacity for 10,000 boxes of fish at one time.
With access for boats on the quayside and lorries on shore, it is hoped the new market will ensure product quality is maintained as the fish pass through. There is also a cafe and office space.